Ottawa Citizen

SIDE­LINES

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❚ The Gatineau Olympiques will re­turn from their Christ­mas break Fri­day night at the Robert Guertin Arena mi­nus a cou­ple of veter­ans, one of whom had left the team in Septem­ber and the other who will face his old squad in his first game with the new one. The Olympiques first traded Mathieu Boily to the Sher­brooke Phoenix in re­turn for an eighth-round draft pick in 2015. Boily will be in the Phoenix lineup Fri­day to face his former team­mates. The Olympiques also sent for­ward Robert Pel­letier to the AcadieBath­urst Ti­tan for a thir­dround pick in 2014. Pel­letier left the Olympiques early in the sea­son.

❚ Dal­las Cow­boys nose tackle Josh Brent was driv­ing with a sus­pended li­cence and had a blood­al­co­hol con­tent more than twice the le­gal limit at the time of the car crash that killed team­mate and friend Jerry Brown, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments re­leased by po­lice Thurs­day. The 24-year-old Brent was tested af­ter the crash in the early hours of Dec. 8 at 0.189 per cent, well above the Texas limit of 0.08. The crash report also says Brent was driv­ing with an ex­pired and sus­pended driver’s li­cence ob­tained in Illi­nois, where he pleaded guilty three years ago to driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, a mis­de­meanour. Brown was pro­nounced dead at a Dal­las hospi­tal. Brent was ar­rested and in­dicted Wed­nes­day on one count of in­tox­i­ca­tion manslaugh­ter. He faces up to 20 years in prison if con­victed, though he could also re­ceive pro­ba­tion. Brent is free on $100,000 bond.

❚ Hall of Fame base­ball catcher Carl­ton Fisk pleaded guilty Thurs­day to a mis­de­meanour drunk­endriv­ing charge, two months af­ter po­lice found him asleep in his pickup truck in a sub­ur­ban Chicago corn­field. Fisk, 64, was sen­tenced to one year of court su­per­vi­sion and must pay $1,250 in court costs. He also must un­dergo a drug and al­co­hol eval­u­a­tion and coun­selling. New Lenox po­lice found Fisk un­con­scious in the truck on Oct. 22 and said there was an open bot­tle of vodka on the floor.

❚ The New York Jets’ wacky quar­ter­back sit­u­a­tion has taken yet an­other twist. Greg McEl­roy has a con­cus­sion — which he didn’t re­veal un­til Thurs­day — and will be re­placed by Mark Sanchez as the New York Jets’ start­ing quar­ter­back in the sea­son fi­nale at Buf­falo on Sun­day. Coach Rex Ryan walked into his news con­fer­ence be­fore prac­tice, took the podium and opened with: “You’re not go­ing to be­lieve this.” Ryan was not cer­tain ex­actly when McEl­roy suf­fered the con­cus­sion. Ryan added third-stringer, Tim Te­bow, will “def­i­nitely be out.”

❚ John Maine is hop­ing to re­turn to the ma­jors with the Mar­lins. The pitcher has signed a mi­nor-league con­tract with Mi­ami and will com­pete for the fifth spot in its ro­ta­tion. The 31-year-old right-han­der had a record of 41-36 with an ERA of 4.35 from 2004 to 2010 with the Ori­oles and Mets. His best sea­son was in 2007, when he went 15-10 with the Mets.

❚ Adrien Theaux, of France, led the open­ing train­ing ses­sion for the leg-jar­ring World Cup down­hill on the Stelvio course in Bormio, Italy, on Thurs­day. Theaux clocked two min­utes, 0.72 sec­onds. Christof In­ner­hofer, the 2008 win­ner, was sec­ond, 0.23 sec­onds be­hind, and Ital­ian team­mate Do­minik Paris was third, 0.98 back. Over­all World Cup leader Ak­sel Lund Svin­dal, of Nor­way, was sixth — match­ing his best ca­reer re­sult in this race. Olympic gold medal­list and de­fend­ing cham­pion Di­dier Defago was 11th.

❚ Former Manch­ester United de­fender Hen­ning Berg was fired by Black­burn on Thurs­day af­ter just 57 days in charge, be­com­ing the third man­ager to be dis­missed by the English club’s con­tro­ver­sial In­dian own­ers in just two years. Berg, a former Black­burn player and Nor­way in­ter­na­tional, won just one of his 10 games as man­ager of the sec­ond-tier club, which has slipped to 17th place in the 24-team league.

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